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Dramatis Perfonæ. . CYMBELINE, King of Britaine. Cloten, Son to the Queen by a former Husband. Leonatus Posthumus, a Gentleman in love with the Prine

cess, and privately married to ber.
Guiderius, į Disguis’d under the names of Paladour and
Arviragus, Cadwal, supposed Sons to Belarius.
Belarius, a banish'd Lord, disguis'd under the name of

Philario, an Italian, Friend to Posthumus.
Iachimo, Friend to Philario.
Caius Lucius, Ambasador from Rome.
Pisanio, Servant to Posthumus.
A French Gentleman, Friend to Philario.
Cornelius, a Doctor, Servant to the Queen,
Two Gentlemen.

Queen, Wife to Cymbeline.
Imogen, Daughter to Cymbeline by a former Queen.
Helen, Woman to Imogen.

Lords, Ladies, Roman Senators, Tribunes, Ghosts, a

Soothsayer, Captains, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.

SCE N E, sometimes in Britaine.; Sometimes.

in Italy,

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C Y M B E L I N E.

А ст. І. SCENE, Cymbeline's Palace in Britaine.

Enter two Gentlemen.

,, GENTLEMAN. OU do not meet a man, but frowns : Our

No more obey the heavens than our cour-

tiers ;
Still feem, as does the King's.

2 Gent. But what's the matter ?
Gent. His daughter, and the heir of's Kingdom,

He purpos'd to his wife's sole fon, a widow
That late he married) hath referr'd herself
Unto a poor, but worthy, gentleman.
She's wedded';
Her husband banish'd; the imprison'd: All
Is outward forrow, though, I think, the King
Be touch'd at very heart.

2 Gent. None but the King?

i Gent. He, that hath lost her, too: So is the Queen, That moft defir'd the match. But not a courtier, (Although they wear their faces to the bent Of the King's look) but hath a heart that is

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Glad at the thing they {coul at.

2 Gent. And why so?

i Gent. He that hath miss'd the Princess, is a thing Too bad for bad report: and, he that hath her, (I mean that marry'd her, alack, good man! And therefore banish'd) is a creature such, As, to seek through the regions of the earth For one his like, there would be something failing In him that should compare. I do not think, So fair an outward, and such stuff within Endows a man but him.

2 Gent. You speak him fair.

i Gent. I do extend him, Sir, within himself; Crush him together, rather than unfold His measure fully.

2 Gent. What's his name and birth?

i Gent. I cannot delve him to the root: his father
Was call'd Sicillius, who did join his honour
Against the Romans, with Caffibelan;
But had his titles by Tenantius, whom
He serv'd with glory and admir'd success;
So gain’d the sur-addition, Leonatus .
And had, besides this gentleman in queftion,
Two other sons ; who, in the wars o'th' time,
Dy'd with their swords in hand: For which, their fé.

(Then old and fond of iffue) took such forrow,
That he quit Being; and his gentle lady,
Big of this gentleman, our theam, deceasid,
As he was born. The King, he takes the babe
To his protection, calls him Pofbumus,
Breeds him, and makes him of his bed-chamber ;
Puts to him all the Learnings that his time
Could make him the receiver of, which he took
As we do air, fast as 'twas ministred.
His spring became a harvest: liv'd in Court
(Which rare it is to do,) moft prais'd, most lov’d,
A sample to the young'ft ; to th' more mature,
A glass that featur'd them; and to the graver,
A child that guided dotards. To his miftrefs,


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